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No. 91, Pambazo at Tacos Radioactivos

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While SanTana has its share of loncheras, Tacos Radioactivos has distinguished itself by being a bit tighter on its traditional offerings. So no fusion here: instead, brightly made chilango standards, best of which is its epic pambazo.

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The pambazo, of course, is that sandwich of renown that finds chefs dunking a bolillo in a salsa, grilling the results so the salsa magically gets encapsulated in the bread, then stuffing it with repollo, crumbled cotija, and a spread of mashed potatoes and chorizo. Radioactivos' pambazo is open-faced--if you touch it with your fingers, the yummy red stains will stay with you for days--and so soft you can easily eat it with a spoon. And the flavors within--spicy because of the guajillo salsa, crunchy with chorizo, salty gracias to the cheese--makes me think pambazos will finally cross over come 2015.

The List:

92. Beef Pho at Pho Crystal Noodle House 93. Breakfast Burrito from Cafe Calacas 94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe 95. Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's 97. Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch 99. Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels 100. Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Lola Gaspar

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